With a stay at Embassy Suites Hot Springs - Hotel & Spa, you'll be centrally located in Hot Springs, steps from Summit Arena and Hot Springs Convention Center. This hotel is within close proximity of The Gangster Museum and Bathhouse Row.
Make yourself at home in one of the 246 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves. Cable programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary manager's reception, held daily at evening. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a local favorite that not only serves excellent, fully-customizable burgers, but also reminds you what exceptional Guest service looks and feels like. (In case you forgot, it feels pretty darn good.) The menu caters to even the pickiest of eaters, and is inclusive to most dietary restrictions. Fresh toppings, high quality ingredients, and unbelievably flavorful – need we go on? This is a great place to enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends, or an enjoyable lunch option if you’re looking for a change of scenery from your office cubicle. Just a reminder: unlike MOOYAH, your cubicle doesn’t have a giant MOODLE DOODLE board that you can release your inner Picasso on.
Sip on an ice-cold beverage, while your burger sizzles on the grill. Sink your teeth into their fresh-baked buns, and savor each and every delectable fry. Seal the deal with a hand-spun, 100% real ice cream shake – the closest you’ll ever come to heaven on Earth. Tickle your taste buds, and stir your senses at MOOYAH – where every Guest is not only important, but a part of the family.
Load up on the napkins! The juiciest meat is sliced at Burl's Country Smokehouse in Royal.
A sandwich playground, aka deli, can make for the perfect meal. Don't let your next playground experience go without this deli item.
Experience a new blend of coffee or tea from Burl's Country Smokehouse and sip your way to happiness.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Burl's Country Smokehouse.
Burl's Country Smokehouse understands what it's like having no time at all. That's why they make sure they're well stocked with the canned foods that help save you time.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Get your grill fired up and grab your tongs! The meat here is perfect for the grill any time of year.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
Cereal tastes so good, you'll want to eat it around the clock (so go ahead!).
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Burl's Country Smokehouse.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Make your cooking life as easy as possible and grab some frozen food today. It's perfect for when you don't have the time or energy to make something from scratch!
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Burl's Country Smokehouse and pick up some fresh noodles.
If you're just getting into cooking, pick up some oil and vinegar from here and learn the basics of cooking with these necessities.
At Burl's Country Smokehouse, you can stock up on all of your favorite sandwiches for your work week.
At Burl's Country Smokehouse, you won't have to worry about forgetting where you parked. There are plenty of parking spaces nearby for you to choose from.
Make no mistake. For unbeatable cuts of meat, you'll need to stop by Burl's Country Smokehouse in Royal.
Want to learn how to cook? Pick up your basic necessities at Old Country Store in Hot Springs and try out some simple recipes.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
The canned food selection at Old Country Store is perfect for giving you a bunch of shortcuts to a nutritious, delicious, and perfect meal for you and your loved ones.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Old Country Store.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
Your mouth will be watering from the fantastic meats available at this location.
A healthy and light snack from Old Country Store is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Old Country Store.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Old Country Store serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Feeling hungry? Heat up a tasty and affordable TV dinner from here and enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Get your noodle on! Old Country Store has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
Even the simplest recipes call for oil and vinegar, so make sure you have plenty to go around.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
Drivers will appreciate the great parking options in the area.
When it's time to color your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies, the produce at Old Country Store is second to none in Hot Springs.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, On The Border Mexican Grill should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Big groups always enjoy coming to On The Border Mexican Grill.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at On The Border Mexican Grill with their complimentary wifi.
Eat outdoors On The Border Mexican Grill (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Leave the suit and tie at home — On The Border Mexican Grill is business casual all the way.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and On The Border Mexican Grill will ensure that it is delicious.
Drivers will find parking not far from the restaurant.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and On The Border Mexican Grill s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
So come to On The Border Mexican Grill, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
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When it comes to Mexican cuisine, On The Border Mexican Grill has you covered. Visit the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty meal.
Visit Hot Springs National Park's Smokin In Style BBQ for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Treat yourself to a healthy lunch or dinner at Smokin In Style BBQ.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Smokin In Style BBQ's wifi.
Your group can sit comfortably at Smokin In Style BBQ, a local restaurant.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Smokin In Style BBQ offers catering.
Easy parking is accessible for Smokin In Style BBQ's diners.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Smokin In Style BBQ — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Smokin In Style BBQ has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The jury is in. For the best barbecue in town, you'll want to taste the sizzling eats at Smokin In Style BBQ.
Mind-blowing barbecue awaits you at Smokin In Style BBQ, so head on over for a quick and casual bite to eat.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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